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The Fall of the American Empire (2018)

La chute de l'empire américain (original title)
R | | Comedy, Crime | 31 May 2019 (USA)
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A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and happens to pick up two bags of cash and hide them in his truck. As if an interrogation of two... See full summary »

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Denys Arcand

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Denys Arcand
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Cast

Credited cast:
Maxim Roy ... Carla McDuff
Éric Bruneau ... L'enquêteur Plamondon
Maripier Morin ... Aspasie / Camille Lafontaine
Vincent Leclerc ... Jean-Claude
Juliette Gosselin ... La femme médecin résidente
Florence Longpré ... Linda Demers
Alexandre Landry ... Pierre-Paul Daoust
Rémy Girard ... Sylvain 'The Brain' Bigras
Claude Legault ... L'informateur de la police
Alain Goulem ... Sean Harrington (as Al Goulem)
Louis Morissette ... Pete La Bauve
Yan England ... Jimmy
Rose-Marie Perreault ... Natasha
Gaston Lepage ... Marcel
Paul Doucet ... Le docteur Pierre-Yves Maranda - le radiologiste
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A shy and insecure delivery truck driver accidentally arrives on the scene of a major crime and happens to pick up two bags of cash and hide them in his truck. As if an interrogation of two tough police detectives isn't enough, the guy, who has a doctor's degree in philosophy which makes his mind mingle with remorse, must find a way to get rid of this dirty money. Only the help of a prostitute and a former biker released from jail might get him out of trouble, especially that a gang leader is very eager to get his cash back, or kill whoever is responsible for this mess. However, even the two bumbling detectives are monitoring the case as well. Written by RealLiveClaude

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, sexual content/nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

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French | English | Latin

Release Date:

31 May 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fall of the American Empire See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$338,216, 1 July 2018

Gross USA:

$2,178,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,110,928
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Cinémaginaire Inc. See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Crime Caper
3 August 2019 | by BNesterSee all my reviews

A crime caper that takes place in Montreal, "The Fall of the American Empire" is well-paced and amusing. There is a gory murder near the beginning, and a nasty torture scene in the middle, so it's not all fun and games; but on the whole it's a feel-good movie, and leaves you smiling.

An intellectual delivery driver teams up with a high-priced hooker to try and do some good with a windfall of cash that has come their way, while avoiding crime bosses and the police.

The plot is unlikely, the chemistry between the two main characters is hardly believable, but it's still fun to watch. There are many beautiful shots of Montreal at its most glorious. The dialogue is in Quebec French, which sounds quite different from the European variety.

It loses a star in my rating because of a totally unnecessary reference to the Holocaust. Mentioning the Holocaust is supposed to add gravity and seriousness to the scene, I guess, but it doesn't. Instead, it just trivializes and cheapens the Holocaust, and should be avoided.


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